A 59-year-old man was seriously injured after the jet ski he was riding exploded.
Officials told Fox 46 that the man was riding the jet ski on Lake Norman in Iredell County, North Carolina on June 19.
A person who lives near the scene of the explosion, 177 Great Point Drive, said that she heard a loud explosion and saw emergency workers rush to the scene and take the victim out on a backboard.
She said the victim, who has not been named, was drifting in and out of consciousness. Dispatchers told WCNC that the victim was unconscious with traumatic injuries.
The victim was taken to Lake Norman Regional Hospital and was later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center-Main.
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The investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing and it’s too early to identify a potential source.
Another neighbor said he was sitting on his porch with the window open when he heard the explosion and ran to the lake.
The neighbor, who wasn’t named, hopped the fence and jumped into the water. “He was blown into the air,” the neighbor said. “Just sprinted out here, hopped the fence and jumped right in the water,” the neighbor told WSOC.
Officials told WB-TV that the victim had just pushed off the dock and was attempting to crank the jet ski when it exploded and that the victim’s son helped rescue him.
Officials said the victim was wearing a life jacket, which kept him afloat until he was rescued.